Motorola launched the Motorola Xoom and Atrix into the South African market at an event in Sandton today.
Both devices run on Google’s Android mobile operating system, with the Xoom running a version optimised for tablet PCs called “Honeycomb.” The update to version 3.1 of Android is available in South Africa, Motorola said.
In addition to being the first device in the world to run version 3.0 of Android, the Motorola Xoom boasts a Nvidia Tegra 2 1Ghz dual-core processor, has 1GB DDR2 RAM and sports 32GB on-board storage.
The Motorola Atrix’s claim to fame is its “webtop application” which allows you to plug the device into separately sold docking stations that connect the device to a normal computer monitor and keyboard.
In the US the Atrix was also marketed under “4G” branding, supporting up to 14.4Mbps HSPA+. In South Africa the device won’t be marketed as 4G.
Motorola’s technical specifications say that the device is powered by a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H dual core system-on-a-chip (SoC) and ships with Android Froyo (Frozen Yoghurt) version 2.2.
It sports a 4 inch 540×960 qHD display, 1GB RAM, up to 16GB on board storage and microSD expandable storage of up to 32GB.
Contrary to Motorola’s earlier specification sheets, the Atrix will have 900MHz WCDMA support, which is good news for Cell C customers as the operator’s new HSPA+ network runs mainly in the 900 MHz band.
According to Motorola, the Atrix will be the first product they bring to South Africa that uses their “Motoblur” apps and services.
The Wi-Fi only Xoom will only be available through Autopage for around R4,500 while the model with 3G support carries a recommended retail price of R6,599.
The Atrix will cost about R5,500 at retail and will come with an HD dock and remote control. Its laptop dock for the device will be between R2,000 – R2,500, Motorola said.
MTN SA’s senior manager of device portfolio management, Teddy Maduna, previously told MyBroadband that they will have the Xoom and Atrix available from August 2011 on MTN 100 contracts with the Motorola Atrix going for R239 per month and and the Motorola Xoom for R289.
Nomsa Thusi, executive head for corporate communications at Vodacom, said that their recommended selling price for the Xoom is R7,499 and that they plan to have it available on contract by 7 September at R379 per month on the My Meg 500 tariff plan.
Vodacom plans to launch the Motorola Atrix in mid-September at a recommended retail price of R5,999, Thusi said, adding that it will be available on contract for R299 per month.
Pricing from other operators was not available at the time of publication.